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April Fool’s letter

Dear ——  Just about April Fool’s Day

Do you like to play practical jokes on people? You know, like jumping out and scaring someone or hiding toy bugs in drawers? I do! I’m Jak the Jester. A jester is something like a clown except we just play jokes on people. I live at the “End of the Rainbow” with Cormick and all the other holiday keepers. My holiday is on April 1st. It’s called April Fool’s Day.

A long, long time ago we Jester’s were also called King’s fools because our job was to make Kings laugh. It was really, really hard job because Kings were always crabby. Then there was a time when school children, especially in France. You can see where France is on a map, it’s a long ways away from where you live, across a huge ocean. Anyway, the children used to tape pictures of fish on each other’s backs. They tried to sneak them so the one wearing the fish didn’t know it. Then the other children would laugh at them because they had a fish on their backs. I don’t know why they did it, but they thought it was funny. Do you think it’s funny?

My very favorite joke is hiding things. I also like to stick things like toy bugs or snakes in people’s drawers or cupboards so that when they open them the toys jump out at them and makes them scream. I thing that’s really funny!

On April Fool’s Day I travel all over the world riding my magical Unicorn friend. His name is Bentley. We look for the best practical jokes, lots of you humans like to play jokes on each other and I like to keep track of the best jokes so I can use them later on someone else. On April Fool’s Day I usually don’t have a lot of time so I usually just do a quick shuffle at every house I visit. That’s when I either move things around or hide them. I like to move important things like chairs so that people trip over them in the dark or coffee pots so adults can’t find them. My favorite things to hide are TV remotes, coffee cups and favorite toys.

I don’t just show up on April’s Fools Day I can come on any day, at anytime. No one ever sees me so I can hide things anytime I want. It’s lots of fun, especially when they look and look and look and look and still can’t find what they are looking for. I peek in the window with the Watcher Elves and giggle, because I know right where the thing they are looking for is at. I put it there and they won’t find it for a long, long time.

I love being mischievous as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone too much; a stubbed toe now and then is okay. The next time you can’t find your favorite toy, sock or something else it just might be my fault!

I’ll be seeing you, but you won’t see me!

Jak the Jester

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Letter from the Easter Rabbit

Dear ——                  Almost Easter Time

Hello there! Rumors have been going around “End of the Rainbow” that you like getting mail. Well, to be truthful Cormick O’ Greene the leprechaun and one of the Watcher Elves told me. So I thought I’d take a short break and write you a letter, you might just be getting other letters from some of the other magical creatures that live here at “End of the Rainbow” also.

Everyone here likes to write letters! So, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a very handsome rabbit, snowy white fur, my long ears have pink insides, a pink nose, brown eyes and right now I am wearing a grass-green vest with different colored eggs sewn on it. It’s my favorite vest and I only wear it at Easter time.

My whole family, for hundreds of years have been Easter Rabbits. I, myself, became the Easter Rabbit about twelve years ago when my father, the last Easter Rabbit retired. He still helps me each year. His favorite job is counting the peanut butter eggs for each of the baskets.

No bunny likes counting the jelly beans, there are just too many of them. I would never get everything done if it wasn’t for all my family and friends. Even the leprechauns help me. They are very good at keeping things hidden. No one ever finds their pots of gold on St. Patrick’s Day. Every year the leprechauns hide my baskets of eggs, chocolate bunnies, toys and jelly beans near the house where they belong. Then on the night before Easter I just have to hop around hiding things and setting out the baskets for each child. The leprechauns make it a lot easier for me since I don’t have a large sleigh like Santa Claus does and carrying all those heavy baskets and things is really hard work. The leprechauns are very nice to help me, don’t you think?

Sometimes on Easter the different watcher elves help me hide all the eggs and things. They also make sure that I get the correct name on each basket in the houses with lots of children. I wouldn’t want some little boy to grab the basket with his name on it and find it full of dolls and doll clothes instead of trucks and other boy things. Most girls don’t like getting trucks or insects either, but boys seem to like those kind of things.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that every year I have to count every single jelly bean, chocolate rabbit, candy egg and colored egg so that every child gets a fair amount of them. That’s a lot of counting, especially for a Rabbit that only has four toes on each foot. The only good thing is that I have lots and lots and lots of rabbit relatives who all come over to help me so I can get everything done in time for Easter.

Well, I’d better get back to my egg coloring and my counting, Easter is coming very soon and I have to be ready.

Your new friend,

Albert Rabbit

The 120th generation of Easter Rabbits.

p.s. In case you don’t know what a generation is I’ll try to explain. Your Great Grandparents are one generation, your Grandparents are another generation, your parents are a generation and you are another generation. So that would make you the 4th generation in your family. There were one hundred and nineteen generations of Easter Rabbits before me! That’s a lot of Easter Rabbits, don’t you think? I couldn’t find a picture of me in my green vest so I couldn’t send you one!

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St. Patrick’s Day Letter for kids

Top of the Mornin’ to ye,

That’s the way Leprechauns say Good Morning.

One of the watcher elves told me that you are excited about catching a leprechaun. I just thought I’d send you a wee note to explain a few things about us leprechauns that maybe you didn’t know.

First, we come from Ireland which is far away across a huge ocean. You can find it on a map if you want to see where Ireland is.

Second, we always hide our pots of gold at the end of the brightest rainbow. That way the gold is always safe because humans, like you, have to walk a very, very long ways to find the end of the rainbow and before you reach the end the rainbow fades away.

Third, leprechauns aren’t very big, about the size of a donut with sprinkles on it.

Fourth, leprechauns have contests to see which of us are the best at hiding from the big people as we call you humans. I am the very best, my chart only has green shamrocks on it, and there isn’t one black mark on it anywhere. I am one thousand and ninety-seven years old and I have never been caught once.

Another thing about leprechauns is that we like to play jokes on the big people. We often hide things from them, like one sock, a chipped cup or a favorite toy. So the next time you lose something you can be pretty sure that a leprechaun took it. I have the biggest collection of bright-colored socks, cups, toys and shiny marbles of all the leprechauns. I keep it hidden in a special chest right next to my pot of gold.

Did you know that your Christmas Watcher Elf is my cousin? Sometimes I spend time with him watching you play.

I’d better get moving, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and that’s the day when we leprechauns play our best tricks on the big people. I have to go get my big bag of tricks ready, I’ll be passing by your house then to say hello to your watcher elf, I might be seeing you then.

Your leprechaun friend

Cormick the leprechaun.

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